Solar electricity has the potential to supply all the world’s energy demands – so how’s it shaping up? This talk reviews how efficient solar cells can ever be, the leading technologies and the latest innovations. The focus is on the materials used and the solar cells made from them – and what paths research is taking to make the next and future generations of solar cells cheaper and more effective.
Prof Ken Durose is the Prof of Applied Physics at the University of Liverpool where he is also Director of its Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy. He leads an experimental group working on solar energy materials and solar cells, a field in which he has published upwards of 150 papers. His group is best known for its research on II-VI semiconductors, but they also work on transparent conductors and hybrid perovskites. Ken is also Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photovoltaics.